August 21, 2007, - 2:32 pm

Who’s Funding “The Kingdom” (Or, Rather, How Much Did Saudi Arabia Pay)?

By Debbie Schlussel
**** SEE UPDATE WITHIN THIS PIECE (MARKED BY ASTERISKS) ****
I’m forbidden from reviewing the big-budget, action box office “thriller”, “The Kingdom” (Film website, with trailer, here), before its release at the end of September. But who is behind this mysterious film is as important as what’s in it.
I asked the question back in February, and now having seen it, I ask again:
Who is funding “The Kingdom”? Which Saudis gave Universal Pictures the major coin to put this out?

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Since the heroes of the movie are the Saudis, and since those fighting against terrorism with Americans are Saudi police, princes, and other Kingdom officials (I didn’t need to see the movie for that, since this plot is described in detail in the advance press release and I already wrote about it earlier this year), you’d have to guess that this propaganda, starring Jennifer Garner and Jamie Foxx, is Saudi-funded.
I’ve already written that the movie’s official Arabic and Islam consultant is a Saudi student here in America on a Saudi-funded scholarship, who will return to a government job in Saudi Arabia. When I e-mailed him questions, and he noticed I’d written about his involvement in the movie, he clammed up.
Here is what I wrote about him in February:

The question that should be asked here is obvious: Who is funding this movie? How much Saudi or Muslim money is going into this propaganda film? Would love to know, but the credits don’t tell you that kind of info. What they do show is that two Saudis, Yamen Al-Hajjar and Ahmed Al-Ibrahim (who also co-stars in the movie), are listed as consultants on Arabic, Islam, and Saudi Arabia. Al-Hajjar is a Saudi National who is a student at Boston University and says he will return to the Kingdon of Saudi Arabia after graduation to work for Saudi Aramco oil company. I’m sure they’re not biased at all in favor of their native land and “peaceful” religion.

And here’s another clue the movie is pure propaganda: Jennifer Garner, as an FBI agent, wears a tight t-shirt with ultra short sleeves and does not cover her hair while roaming all over the streets of Saudi Arabia. Right. Like that would EVER happen. I dare any woman to try it there and live to tell about it, without a gazillion State Department agents trying desperately to secure her release from Saudi prison. **** UPDATE: Another hint: Jason Bateman, playing a Jewish FBI agent, is told it’s no big deal by Saudis when he reveals that he has Israeli stamps on his passport and an Israeli grandmother. Repeat chorus: Right. Like that would EVER happen. ****
Stay tuned for my complete review in late September.
Until then, ask yourself: How much Saudi money went into this? Clearly they’re spending a lot, since a lot of free, advanced promotion screenings are being held for this. And why are Mrs. Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, and (the Jewish) Jason Bateman such whores that they are willing to sell out America and sell themselves to the Kingdom of Hate and Repression . . . and 15 of the 19 hijackers?
I give the Saudis credit for clever tactics. A heavily promoted Hollywood movie is the best way to brainwash Americans that the Saudis are “our friends” and “working with us” to fight terrorists, instead of what they are really doing–helping the terrorists.
And Hollywood execs are all too happy to help. They’re definitely the best living examples of Vladimir Lenin’s prediction of capitalists willing to sell the rope on which they’ll be hanged.
Regardless, this should be the movie poster for “The Kingdom” (not the one they chose, above):

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Saudi 9/11 Flag by David Lunde/Lundesigns

Like I said, stay tuned for my review in September. Read my original piece on this movie from back in February. You’ll learn a lot and nothing positive.

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“And why are Mrs. Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, and (the Jewish) Jason Bateman such whores that they are willing to sell out America and sell themselves to the Kingdom of Hate and Repression . . . and 15 of the 19 hijackers?”
The answer to that question is obvious Debbie.
$$$
Especially for Jason Bateman whose career is washed up, he’ll do anything for money. Washed up just like Gary Busey and Billy Zane in that load of crap muslime funded movie.
I KNOW. IT WAS A RHETORICAL QUESTION. AND I AGREE ON BATEMAN. WHEN I FIRST WROTE ABOUT THIS MOVIE BACK IN FEBRUARY HERE’S WHAT I SAID ABOUT HIM:
“Jason Bateman (who should have done us a favor and retired after his ‘Silver Spoons’ gig with Ricky Schroeder)”
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

RadicalRightWinger on August 21, 2007 at 3:48 pm

Just wondering – The Saudi flag which bears the phrase, “there is no God but The God, and Muhamed is the prophet of God” underlines it with a sword. If it’s the religion of peace, shouldn’t that be an olive branch? Like I said, just wondering.

stevecanuck on August 21, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Not surprisingly, actor Chris Cooper describes his political views as “pretty left of left”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cooper_(actor)#Personal_life

Jeremiah on August 21, 2007 at 4:44 pm

That Cooper was a member of part of left-wing populist, “Catholic atheist” John Sayles’s informal acting ensembles (Matewan, Lone Star, etc.) are a giveaway:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Cooper_(actor)#Personal_life

Jeremiah on August 21, 2007 at 4:48 pm

A better link to go with the above comment:
http://tinyurl.com/29rlm5

Jeremiah on August 21, 2007 at 5:46 pm

If you look at a larger picture of the movie poster shown above, you see Bateman with his weapon pointed at Jamie Foxx’s back, with the finger on the trigger. If only the FBI were that good…

code7 on August 21, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Jamie Foxx has talked openly about how he doesn’t like us white boys. I happen to like my people. Screw him, and any white girl that would look at him admiringly.

steve ventry on August 22, 2007 at 12:33 am

I wonder how you white girls would like it if black women were constantly being held up as the role model for what a strong woman was supposed to be like, and white women were constantly being portrayed as weak and ineffectual? And all the white men were supposed to admire the black girls, who were constantly belittling you? I’ll bet it would PISS YOU OFF.

steve ventry on August 22, 2007 at 12:46 am

What the hell is the big deal? I don’t get it. It looks entertaining to me. I love Jason Bateman.

jsnyder82 on August 22, 2007 at 10:37 am

Is the movie based on a true story, or is it fiction? Was artistic license used and is the supension of disbelief required, like for most shoot ‘em up bang bang movies?
My hope is that most people will realize the reality of what exists in Saudi Arabia vice the movie fiction that appears on the screen.
As for the actors selling themselves out, that is what they do. An actor potraying a heinous person from history does not mean they buy into what that person did. They are acting, and … yes, for money.
Yep, the Saudis have an agenda, and too little is made about the fact that 15 of the 9/11 highjackers were Saudi Arabian. And, who is responsible for that? Our elected officials allowed us to repeatedly overlook this fact. We went into Iraq not Saudia Arabia.
What will matter is when the participants of this movie go on the talk show circuit to promote it, what questions will the interviewers ask. Hopefully, some of your concerns will be addressed and the wider viewing public will know and realize what is fiction and what is fact.
COMPLETE FICTION. THERE IS NO WAY WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS MOVIE–THE SAUDIS ALLOWING THE FBI FREE REIN TO INVESTIGATE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS ON SAUDI SOIL–WOULD EVER HAPPEN. NEVAH EVAH.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

zyzzyg on August 22, 2007 at 10:40 am

Mr. Ventry,
In response to your posts:
* Who cares who Jamie Foxx likes and doesn’t like? He’s an actor and a comedian. He’s there to entertain us and nothing more. His personal views are irrelevant to me. For example, I still like watching Seinfeld’s Kramer character despite Michael Richards’ racial outburst. An besides, if I stopped watching movies or TV shows based on how the actors felt about Black folks, then I would have missed out on many of the old classics!
* There was an article a few years ago in Time magazine about this very subject. It seems that every time a Black entertainer achieves some degree of prominence, someone starts a rumor that has them saying something about “not liking White people”. I mean, it happens like clockwork. Singers from Nancy Wilson to Lauren Hill have said that such false rumors nearly wrecked their careers. It’s even gotten worse since the introduction of the Internet, where people can spread all kinds of lies and filth in an instant.
* I doubt White girls would really care about Black women being held up as role models by the media because White people in general and White girls in particular don’t worry about nor bear the burden of “representing the race”. They know that sporadic portrayals of them as being “weak and ineffectual” by the media have no bearing on their actual lives. They know that as White people, very few if any would judge them by what they see in a Hollywood movie or by the behavior of such miscreants as Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. However, let a Black entertainer act a fool, and Internet sites are full of “that’s how ALL those people are” posts, no matter how many “strong role model” media images they may have had…..
* And finally, what the hell does any of this have to do with a Saudi propagandist movie such as “The Kingdom”????

JibberJabber on August 22, 2007 at 11:47 am

Oh my God. Seriously, this isn’t a Saudi propagandist movie. And you’re nuts if you believe otherwise. You people seriously have nothing better to do than complain about a movie that you’ve never seen? And you’re going to take Debbie’s word? She’s nuts. Remember that. Ooooooh, a blonde whore conservative nut. That’s never been done before. Psh, please. You and Coulter. Nutjobs.

jsnyder82 on August 22, 2007 at 12:09 pm

jsnyde82,
Point well taken. I should not judge what the movie is or isn’t until I’ve seen it for myself.

JibberJabber on August 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Jason Bateman was just playing a Jew, he isn’t one in real life. So I don’t know if that means he can sell out his country or not. :-)

dee on February 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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